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Organic Innovations: Alea Work Studio's Myco-Fabrication Journey

Updated: Aug 28, 2023

Alea Work Studios innovations

Miriam Josi and Stella Lee Prowse, respectively from Switzerland and Australia, are the founders of Alea Work studio, a blissful collaboration exploring the beauty of natural growth, decay, waste, and material processes. Their work focuses on bio-inclusive myco-fabrication process leveraging mycelium and local waste substrates to grow objects directly within wild soil.

Winner of the Boisbuchet Residency Award in 2021, this enabled them to bring the lab to nature, where they planted, grew and harvested the first underground myco-fabricated chair amongst other experiments. Truly innovative, this fabrication method bypasses the need for energy-intensive sterilisation and plastic moulds, and exploits the potential of fungi’s mycoremediation capacity to strengthen the soil, humus and surrounding biodiversity.

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